Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Trumpublican stench in Maricopa's 'audit'

About that pile of bat guano steaming away in Maricopa county …

Charlie Sykes, editor of The Bulwark, thinks that Maricopa is Our Future. Think of it as a rehearsal for 2024.

Following are excerpts.

Even by the standards of crazy set by the Arizona GOP, the bizarre audit of voting in Maricopa County is bat guano with hair on it. Cyber Ninjas, searches for bamboo…

And it is apparently too much for the Republicans who actually run elections there. Yesterday, they had enough.

The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Monday denounced an ongoing audit of the 2020 election vote as a “sham” and a “con,” calling on the GOP-led state Senate to end the controversial recount that has been championed by former president Donald Trump.

In a fiery public meeting and subsequent letter to state Senate President Karen Fann, the board members said the audit has been inept, promoted falsehoods and defamed the public servants who ran the fall election.

Calling the process a “spectacle that is harming all of us,” the five members of the board — including four Republicans — asked the state Senate to recognize that it is essential to call off the audit, which officials have said is only about one-quarter complete.

“It is time to make a choice to defend the Constitution and the Republic,” they wrote. “We stand united together to defend the Constitution and the Republic in our opposition to the Big Lie. We ask everyone to join us in standing for the truth,” they added, using a term that refers to the false claim that the election was stolen.

There are two ways to look at this: (1) it’s good that responsible Republicans are pushing back; but (2) they are a small minority in the Trumpian GOP and what is happening in Maricopa County is a foreshadowing of what our future looks like.

A new CBS poll underlines (again) why there will be no bursts of rationality or principle in the GOP. “Eighty percent of Republicans who’d heard about the vote agree with [Liz] Cheney’s removal — they feel she was off-message, unsupportive of Mr. Trump, and that she’s wrong about the 2020 presidential election.”

The base (overwhelmingly) wants other Republicans to model themselves on Trump in multiple ways …

Exit take: the next time round, the GOP base will not just tolerate a Trumpian attempt to overturn an election — they will DEMAND it.

Following is the tweet of Stephanie Ruhle’s interview with Sykes in which he makes the case for (1) no chance of salvaging the GOP, and, therefore, (2) anti-Trumpers should leave the party.

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